"Particles", the third release in The Quantum Years series, contains two cupdiscs in cardboard sleeve featuring a mixture of previously unreleased studio (Muon; 52 minutes) and live material (Tau; 36 minutes).
"Muon" kicks off nicely with the fully improvised and edgy sounding 29-minute "4.00pm Session" which sees Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane recreate the mood and feel of TD’s mid ‘70’s concerts using modern technology with great enthusiasm. This is followed by a fresh, catchy version of the movie theme "Stranger Things". The final track on the first cupdisc is a full, well-rendered reinterpretation of ’75’s "Rubycon" putting most pleasant and contemporary hooks to the original.
The content of the second cupdisk (recorded at Germany’s Schwingungen-Festival am Wasserfall" in September 2016) sets course for another batch of modern sounds on "Mothers of Rain", "Power of the Rainbow Serpent" and a rather melancholic but not that strong version of "White Eagle" integrating some of Yamane’s violin playing . "Dolphin Dance" following next though feels obsolete before the disc ends with a vibrant version of "Shadow and Sun" (on which the only flaw is some misplaced audience clapping).
Despite this, the strong point and reason for purchase of "Particles" remains the first disc.